The Astrodome at last has a new purpose, the managers of Reliant Park have announced. The 47-year-old flexible sports stadium will serve as a storage facility for neighboring Reliant Stadium’s new $1.2 million new-generation AstroTurf when it’s not being used on the Houston Texans’ home field. Reliant Stadium’s actual-grass-on-trays field will now be reserved for professional football; the artificial surface will be rolled out there for high-school and college football games and other events.
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In the 13 years since the last professional sports team abandoned it, the vacant Astrodome has gained considerable experience as a carpet warehouse — though in recent visits to the unused dome its own AstroTurf surface has looked somewhat run-down. The dome will be storing 59 separate strips of Reliant Stadium’s new AstroTurf GameDay Grass 3D60 Xtreme, a 2-layer playing surface of polyurethane fibers above a plastic base peppered with pulverized-rubber “dirt.” Each strip weighs 7,000 to 8,000 pounds and has a velcro base. The first AstroTurf debuted in 1966 in the Astrodome.
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